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Election: Democrats lead; voters support Proposition 47

Neel Kashkari, 41, is a first time candidate challenging current Governor Jerry Brown, 76, who would enter a record fourth term if elected, which – according to polls released last week – is likely to happen. Democrat Brown leads with 21 percentage points, 54 percent to 33 percent, “among every age group, every ethnic group and among both men and women, ” as the San Francisco Gate reports. “That’s a very impressive lead,” the poll’s director Mark DiCamillo told the paper. “He’s way out ahead, and none of the other Democrats have a lead like his.” According to Breitbart, the “Field Poll was completed October 15-28 among 1,536 registered voters via live telephonic interviews.”
In July, multimillionaire Kashkari, a Laguna Beach resident, experimented with living as a homeless man for 7 days in order to attract attention to California’s alarming poverty rate of 24%, as he told the Los Angeles Times. He published a video and was quoted saying: “This has been one of the hardest weeks of my life.”
For the superintendent of public instruction, California will decide between two Democrats: incumbent Tom Torlakson, elected in 2010 with funding help from the California Teachers Association, and Marshall Tuck, who both tied at 28 percent, as the most recent polls have shown. “This is the only race on the ballot where the candidates don’t have a letter after their names,” DiCamillo said in the San Francisco Gate. “That forces voters to find out what their differences are without the benefit of party labels.”
According to the Washington Post, 51 percent of California voters support Proposition 47, which would no longer allow felony sentencing for six minor crimes and move “the state further away from the controversial ‘Three Strikes and You’re Out’ law passed two decades ago.” Thad Kousser, a professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego, told the Post that this “would officially end California’s tough-on-crime era.” Furthermore, the Post’s graphic shows that Californians are likely to vote Yes on Prop 1 (water bonds), and No on both Proposition 45 (Health insurance rate changes) and Proposition 46 (Doctor drug testing and raising the malpractice cap).
Brown is optimistic and told reporters last Thursday: “I don’t want to presume, but this has been a well-run campaign. The reason is California was in a disaster state and it’s come back. It’s not come back to perfection or to utopia, but it’s on some very solid footing compared to what it’s been for many, many years. So that is a strong runway to enter a campaign, and that’s why I think things look pretty good.”

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